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statements in that meeting, because we don't know what the details were of his proposal and the so-called big deal, my insistence was consistent with our speaker's, that we not raise taxes. and that's why that construct doesn't work. we don't have the votes on this side of the aisle. i'm not supportive of raising taxes on people who are trying to make it right now and can't. so i would say to the gentleman when he refers to the other groups that have been out there, all of whom he say suggest that somehow we need to raise taxes, what the gentleman's talking about is how are we going to produce more revenues? we believe, mr. speaker, that you produce more revenues by having growth in our economy. we don't believe that you promote growth in the economy by cranking up the government spending machine by taking money from people who eastern it, washing it through washington's bureaucracy, and sending it back out. we don't believe that. we believe that growth is created through investment, through hard work in the private sector. by entrepreneurs, small business men and women, people who want to su
to have a big, serious debate about what we believe is the right way to guide america forward and when the future --win the future. i am confident i and i am confident that we will win the debate because we have the better approach. but in the meantime, for everyone's a while we can sit down and do something that actually helps the american people right now. >> you consider raising the debt ceiling fairly routine, but at this point is economic, garden. how can you get any agreement with congress? >> -- it is economic armageddon. how can you get any agreements with congress? >> i will keep working hard on it and i hope that this debate has focused the american people's attention a bit more and will subject congress to scrutiny. i think increasingly, the american people will say to themselves, you know what, if a party or politician is constantly taking the position constantly taking the position of, "my way or the highway ," constantly been locked into ideologically rigid positions, then we will remember that at the polls. it is cumulative. the american people are not paying attention t
us a mission with a capital "m" -- to focus again on the big picture of exploration and the crucial research and development that will be required for us to move beyond low earth orbit. he's charged us with carrying out the inspiring missions that only nasa can do, which will take us farther than we've ever been -to orbit mars and eventually land on it. he's asked us to start planning a mission to an asteroid, and right now our dawn spacecraft is approaching one of the biggest in the solar system, vesta, and we're scheduled to drop into orbit around that asteroid the middle of this month. what it finds out could help inform such a mission. the president is asking us to harness that american spirit of innovation, the drive to solve problems and create capabilities that is so embedded in our story and has led us to the moon, to great observatories, and to humans living and working in space, possibly indefinitely. that american ingenuity is alive and well, and it will fire up our economy and help us create and win the future now, but only if we put aside our differences and come togeth
it extreme, radical. imagine that. only a big spending washington liberal could think it would be radical to require washington to start living within its means like families have been doing for years. and so frankly american families would say it's about time, welcome to the party. and instead some people think you can just live in this fantasy land where you can keep tax, taxing, spending, borrowing money from china and act like the day of wreckening never is never going to come and kick the -- wrenging is never going to come and kick the can down the road. it's time to say enough is new. we're going to deal with our problems nod. we're going to set priorities today and do the tough things people sent us to do and that means cutting, capping and balancing the federal budget. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. without objection, the gentleman from maryland is back and is recognized. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. again, the choice is not whether we put in place a plan to reduce the deficit and balance the budget. the issue is how we do that.
saying, only a long-term option here? >> the president believes that we have to think big and act big, because as i mentioned before, there have been events and decisions that have led us to this point and they include the terrible recession, the worst since the great depression we went through. the fact that because congress wouldn't act, he apointed the commission and they delivered a report. we have the outside report. and we have the president's framework he put forward and the republican budget that passed the house, all of which describe a problem and a solution in generally the same terms. the big exception is three to one, they propose solutions that demand a balanced approach which the president supports. this is not the kind of situation that comes around very frequently and the president believes that it is worth the inevitable political difficulty making tough choices creates to get this done for the american people, for the american economy. so he does not share the view, does not believe it is wise to pursue a short-term solution that essentially would be kicking the can
're now at the president's big deal target, which we're not going to meet under the gang of six or any of the other constructs around here, cancel the social security tax holiday, borrow the money one more year, invest it in infrastructure, put millions to work, when those millions go to work, they'll be paying taxes, that'll reduce the deficit by about another quarter. we solved 3/4 of the problem without killing programs essential to the american people and without cutting taxes on the job creators. the gang of six is proposing that billionaires should see their taxes cut by about 25% or 30% that will help us balance the budget. time to get back to the real world and out of "alice in wonderland." the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. tompson: thank you, mr. speaker. since 1947, every august, the little league baseball world series is held in pennsylvania within pennsylvania's fifth congressional district. each year, little league international recognizes little league gradua
. president. my name is amanda. i am a big fan. i am originally from iowa. >> nice. >> yes. i am an atheist. in 2008, you asserted no organization receiving taxpayer funds would be able to discriminate in hiring or firing based on a person's religion. however, you've not rescinded the executive order that permits this discrimination. when it is difficult for a person to get a job based on her skills, what would you say to a woman who has been denied employment because of her religion or lack of religious beliefs by a taxpayer funded organization? >> this is a very difficult issue, but a more narrow one and i think might be implied. it is very straightforward that people should not be discriminated against for race, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. what has happened is there has been a carved out dating back to president clinton's presidency for religious organizations and they're hiring for particular purposes, and this is always a tricky part of the first amendment. on the one hand, the first amendment ensures there's freedom of religion. on the other hand, we want to m
: i think they are looking at a deal short of this cut, cap, and balance. the would like a big deal as obama calls it. speaker john boehner is interested in that, but not much support in making a deal from his own caucus. willing to open his >> more from this morning's "washington journal." the role that religious conservatives are playing in politics. at the table, richard land of theouthern baptist convention. all of these fiscal matters. in terms of how a religus conservative views the nation's debt? >> guest: we're borrowing 41 ces of every dollar our government spends. we have been living way beyond our means for a lg time. if we do not quickly address it, and i mean quickly and significantly, we're going to foreclose our children and grandchildren's future. they will spend their entire lives paying off our debt. my generation will be the first generation in american history to be quick to the children and grandchildren and or standard of living than the one we had. my parents would be aghast at this theorld w ii generation would be aghast. their whole lives were dedicated to u
but your book "the big sort" goes beyond that and doesn't talk about the sorting out that occurred at the sort of the political class level but you go much deeper of the sorting out that's kird among -- occurred among americans. give us the overview of how you came into this. >> we came into it because we were interested in why. i lived from kentucky and moved to texas. we wanted to know why some places were getting richer and other places were getting poorer. what we found was that overtime places in the united states are getting increasingly different from one another in a fundamental way. so for instance, up until the early 19 0's most cities were getting closer together in terms of the percentage of people who lived there, percentage of adults with b.a. degrees. since that time until the last figures i looked at in 2009, most places were falling away from the mean. people with college degrees are clustering in some places and abandoning areas. the same with true with patent production. so economic production began to differ increasingly from place to place. income differential
stopped. the party of wall street bailouts, big bank buddies, were denying our families basic protection from credit abuses. mr. doggett: the lyrics of steve earl who grew up on the edge of san antonio ring true for so many families, you go to school, and learn to read and write, so you can walk into the bank and sign away your life. so many families were deceived by taking out mortgages or credit card or payday loan on terms that only in the fine print did the big lenders understand. many of these families were counting on a home, on a job, on a retirement plan, or maybe with their credit card just to put clothes on the kids and food on the family's table. nobody was there to protect them from the tricks and traps that some creditors used to enrich themselves and fleeze consumers with loans with incredible interest rates. in too many of these transactions, what were once known as loan sharks can today legally ply their trade. if you're mugged on the street, you can lose your wallet. but if you're mugged on wall street you can lose a lifetime of savings. that's why we need this new squad
states are hurting because it's not the big oil companies that are out of work. it's the folks that work on those rigs in the gulf doing the labor tapping that american energy resource and the folks back on the beach that are providing the service industry, the ones that go out and provide the food and the transportation, the workers going back and forth. it's the ship that pull anchors when the drilling platform wants to move somewhere else. pipe fitters back onshore that are providing the necessary service to that industry. we want to put the gulf back to work. we urge the senate to pass h.r. 1229 that we sent over in may and put the gulf of mexico back to work. i'm going to recognize the gentleman from louisiana, who is going to talk more about that. it would require the obama administration to conduct offshore lease sales in the gulf of mexico. i seved on the outer continental shelf five-year planning committee and looked at the leases all around the united states and i know what a long process it is to have a lease sale. the administration is failing america by not having lease sale
for big oil and wall street executives. this bill's actually more extreme than the republican budget passed in april calling for deeper cuts and more hardships for the middle class and older americans. in fact, this bill does nothing to create jobs, nor invest in the roads, bridges, clean energy technology and job training that would really get our economy moving. in short, h.r. 2560 will stifle growth, hurt middle class families and undercut america's seniors. in my district there are over 93,000 social security beneficiaries and over 85,000 medicare enrollees. on behalf of my constituents and for future generations i stand in strong opposition to this bill and the rule. i know that there are those on the other side of the aisle who want to support a reasonable plan to reduce the deficit. this is not the plan. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reject this dangerous proposal and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, at this time i'm please
floor today to talk about the big deal. the big deal. every time i open up a newspaper, mr. speaker, this week it's been talking about the big deal. the big deal that's going on at the white house. i want to set the record straight here today. the big deal happened right here on the floor of this house when the only budget that's passed in all of washington, d.c. all year long, cutting $6 trillion in spending was passed by this body, mr. speaker. that's the big deal. $6 trillion agreed upon by this united states house of representatives. now, i know down at the white house they're talking about the big deal as $3 trillion in spending cuts. $6 trillion, mr. speaker. the big deal started right here. now, you know, mr. speaker, i'm a big fan of the open process we had in this house where every single member of the house of representatives come here and have their voice heard, offer their ideas heard and offer their opinions. i have a vote tally from that week voting on the budget. the congressional caucus came to the floor of this house, was debated, considered. it received 103 affirma
at the start of the american revolution. sure our children have asthma but big business gets to pump more pollution into our air. sure our water is tainted, but special interests get to dump s. yes, our endangered species slowly fading away, but now we can drill in their habitat. what happens, mr. speaker when our air becomes too dirty to breathe, when our water becomes too dirty to drink and when our wildlife all go extinct? i urge a no vote on this bill, but before i close, i would like to remind my colleagues across the aisle that the captain always goes down with the ship. and that's the real deal. . the chair: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. jackson lee: colleagues, mr. chairman, if i might, i wanted to start by acknowledging the loss of our valiant capitol police, officer jacob j. chestnut and detective john gibson of which were honored today and just wanted to acknowledge the men and women of the united states capitol police for their service and my sympathy, again, to the families o
and coal, and in another room, no more than 100 feet from here, they're meet, deciding what the big deal is going to be between president obama and the republicans here in the congress and in that room they're saying, no touching any tax breaks for the oil and gas industry, which is $4 billion a year. so see this whole story here. see the big picture. see what this agenda is. here it's kind of like the monsignor that go into the pulpit on sunday and he says on wednesday in the church hall, we will lecture on the evils of gambling. on thursday, in the church hall, bin go. -- bingo. here on the house floor on monday, we're learning about the evils of giving any kind of subsidies to the wind and solar industry. and in another room, right around the corner, they're saying $4 billion a year to the oil industry in tax breaks. that's the agenda. have to see it in its totality. have to capture it for all that it is as a story of the future of our country system of ladies and gentlemen, i urge a very strong no vote on the amendment of the gentleman from california. this is a defining vote. this r
advice he can get, and what better than an editor from a big title? so, you were going to have to involve yourself at the top of the media world. otherwise, he will not survive. it has been proven you will not survive because you have to play the game and you have to deal in onion information, which means that. it is a bell making information, providing information. >> if you have someone who is working for you, who works for an organization as under investigation, surely you must smell a rat? the police officers did not do anything wrong. >> if we knew when the investigation was done, we might have the answers to that. the police actually do take action. one of the tactics is to stop complaining. the constables on the street have complaints. they investigated colby and factually. that is what has happened in this case. metropolitan police should have investigated at. -- investigated it. if they want to investigate this and be accepted as truthful and honest investigators, they have to resign. the atmosphere is no one gives them a chance to do this. >> you were involved in the running of
, was part of another big debate over federal spending. and out of that came the graham-hollings legislation. we talked to him on camera. here's just a clip of his comments on washington today. >> nothing gets done. the atmosphere is the game. the game is re-election. you've got to get the money for re-election. in other words in 1998, 12 years ago, i had to spend -- i had to raise, excuse me, $8.5 million. now, $8.5 million is $30,000 every week, each week for six years. it's not just raising money the year ahead. it's raising it for all six years. and you're raising it not only for yourself because your colleagues will help you, the committees will want to keep that seat. so when your time is up. so you are always out there raising money. and the name of the game is make no mistake, play the fence when you get back to washington. got no idea of paying the bill. they haven't paid the bill for 10 years. host: fritz hollings will be 90 later this year. expressing his frustration. he's part of the many voices we will include in our "charleston weekend" on "book tv" and "american history tv." a
approach. a balanced budget amount approach. that is the first -- amendment approach. that's the first big step to getting us back in the balance. permanently. the constitution is not a republican or democrat document. you can't make changes to the constitution without both parties engaged, but if both parties actually work together we can solve this debt crisis for our children and grandchildren. the last time this body dealt seriously with a balanced budget amendment was 1996. it passed this house with overwhelming bipartisan support and it failed in the senate by a single vote. can you imagine for a moment what our financial condition would be like right now if we'd started balancing our budget during the good economic times of the 1990's and kept that discipline to this present day? if you want to know the true consequences of that failed balanced budget amendment vote in 1996, point to the financial collapse of 2008 because i believe the financial collapse of 2008 would not have occurred if we had balanced the budget when we did. we would be in -- even if we did we would be in positio
four years, we have had an 82% increase in non-defense discretionary spending, playing a very big role in leading us to the point where we are today. i know we care about wars and tax cuts and the rich and all that, but the fact is, we have this $14.30 trillion national debt and we all want to turn the corner. >> all right. mr. chairman, the thing i'm trying to really understand is i'm looking at today's resolution. it says it would specify before the president can request the second increase in the debt limit, the joint committee established by the underlying bill must produce spending cuts larger than the requested increase, and a balanced budget amendment must be sent to the state for ratification. now, i have, and i have expressed myself and i do not know about other members, but i have an abiding faith that we cannot leave the rules committee, but the members of the house and of the senate -- not only the rules committee, but the members of the house and senate have a duty to our constituents to address this problem without passing it over to some 12 members to hand down cuts to u
abduction is very big. that is why we know about the case the anthony case and trial. what are we trying to accomplish? are we trying to feed a market and have our cameras in the courtroom to satisfy the public. the purposes are you going to get to the right place. if you're concerned about transparency and secrecy, everyone has mentioned a variety of things that need to happen. we have did be really careful about there is cameras in the court room which is really about transparency. >> we should not ignore the demise of the traditional newspaper and the beat reporter. he is long gone. before long, newspapers will be gone. >> are the speakers on in the aisles? the microphones. we will find a good question out there for the panel. you need to go for a microphone and make sure they are on. >> maryland is the only state that has an absolute statued -- statutory bar on the protests coverage of criminal trials. the antecedent of that was a case in the 1920's presided over by a famous judge. the advantage of an absolute bar is found in the fact that same and money are hydraulic courses. once a
nothing would do. now, after we have restored some confidence here by this big step of doing nothing, we could do another half of nothing and put people back to work. now, how could we do half of nothing and put people back to work? president obama has adopted this cockamamie republican idea of a social security tax holiday putting people to work. i know a lot of families that could use an extra 20 bucks a week, but them spending 20 bucks a week for food on the tape table, doesn't put people back to work. if you are unemployed, you don't get the 20 bucks. we are borrowing $120 billion to do that under the guise this is creating jobs. and the president last night mentioned he wants to create jobs. guess what? it's not working. we do half a nothing. we allow the social security tax holiday to expire. doesn't create any jobs. we don't borrow the $110 billion from china to put in the social security trust fund. instead, we borrow $110 billion to put people back to work in private sector jobs. we resolve to begin to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. $110 billion applied to the 150,000 bri
lobbyists? corporations who ship jobs overseas and are protected by this bill. the big oil companies whose subsidies are projected in this bill. the millionaires and billionaires whose tax breaks are protected in this bill. -- tax breaks are protected in this bill. the women and member arrested today were standing up for families fighting harder and harder to afford basics like groceries, heat, and health care. i urge you to vote against this rule and against this bill and enjoy -- and join them, the members of the faith and civic community who are standing up for those americans. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from california. mr. dreier: i yield myself such time as i may consume. to say to my good friend from maine and former rules committee colleague that obviously we want to do everything we can to ensure that people do receive their social security checks. on july 12 the president of the united states said that if we don't see an increase in the debt ceiling take place by august 2, that he can't guarantee the so
that republicans are making a big deal about the debt ceiling increase because they want to be able to spend taxpayer dollars without ever having to check or balance to ask if that spending is necessary. enough is enough. it's time to end this irresponsible spending. families in southwest missouri cannot spend 42% more than they take in and neither should the federal government. i came to washington to stop spending and abuse of government. that's why i'll fight this debt ceiling increase without a serious plan to reduce our debt. and the people of southwest missouri agree with me. i have hundreds of phone calls and emails and messages in my office about the debt ceiling. it is something the people of the 7th district feel strongly about and i want to share their thoughts with you. 51% of the calls and letters to my office say don't raise the debt ceiling under any circumstances. 26% say raise it with substantial cuts. 10% are ok to raise it whatever. and 10% say you can raise it but do not increase taxes. the people have spoken. there is an old saying that if you owe the bank $1,000 that's
and this will solve the problems of this economy. it's not going to create jobs. that's his big solution. number two solution, more job-killing free trade agreements. great patent reform. yeah, maybe someday. then at the very end, oh, we should have a little bitty infrastructure bank. oh, ok. now, the republicans on thursday, they preceded this in one option. they proposed that the united states of america with crumbling highways, falling down bridges and obsolete transit systems cut infrastructure by 35%. so the construction industry that has today 16% unemployment, under the republican plan 25% unemployment. that's great. that's going to work too. oh, yeah, and more tax cuts. you know, we lack the will around here to address our nation's greatest problems. not the means. chronic unemployment is the greatest problem in this country. we solve chronic unemployment, a quarter of the deficit goes away because people are not collecting unemployment benefits and food stamps. they're working and surviving and paying taxes. now, how about canceling some of these stupid tax cuts? particularly the social sec
medicaid. but billions, billions in tax breaks for big oil companies, they all stay on the books. they don't even touch any of the tax breaks for big oil, for big gas, for big coal. tax loopholes that help keep companies offshoring jobs, those were too important to cut as well. the republican plan is about misplaced priorities, and we see it in full display here once again today in this bill on the house floor. when it comes to nuclear power, the republicans want to spend more taxpayer money after fukushima. when it comes to coal, republicans want to spend more taxpayer money. this bill even keeps alive the deep-water drilling program ensuring that millions in tax breaks continue to be wasted on developing oil-drilling technologies that rich oil companies already have and can afford to pay for themselves by tipping american consumers upside down at the pump every time they go to refill their gas tanks. they don't need taxpayer money to do this. the last in line should be oil companies. they're first in line. they're first in line under the republican agenda. now, when it comes to clean ene
so that they can invade environmental laws that protect big horn sheet. and the state of texas to permit its program in violation of the clean air act. these dirty, toxic, and dangerous earmarks to a few special interests come at the expense of cleaner water, healthier air, our cherished national parks, and endangered wildlife. minnesotans are deeply, deeply troubled by this reckless bill that endangers the health of our communities while destroying our natural resources and our children's inheritance. this is one of the most extreme pieces of anti-environmental legislation ever to come to the floor of the house. as far as the american people are concerned, h.r. 2584 should be declared a toxic superfund site because it is so dangerous to human health and the environment, it needs to be remediated rather than passed into law. i urge my colleagues to oppose this bill and its abandonment of 40 years of progress. we have made in protecting america's people's health and the american natural heritage. with that, mr. speaker -- mr. chairman, i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman fr
, the big difference being, he doesn't want to say every five months, let's put the country into economic crisis and all the uncertainty between now and five months from now that that will create. with that, i yield one minute to mr. ryan a terrific member of the budget committee from ohio. mr. ryan: i thank the gentleman. one of the issues we want on the table here is revenue. the top 400 wealthiest people in the united states of america pay 17% tax rate. my constituents in youngstown and akron, ohio, pay a heck of a lot more than 17%. we hear our friends on the other side of the aisle, how all these changes need to occur, how all these problems need to be solved, but heaven forbid, mr. speaker, we ask the 400 wealthiest families in the united states of america to maybe be a little bit patriotic and help us out. and you'll say, well these are the job creators. these taxes won't go into place for another year or two. we've got to get through this downturn. but we need to send a message to the bond market that we are serious. and for us to be this irresponsible and not ask the wealthiest,
was asked by a reporter once, you have all these big cases at the end of the term. this is a true story. why don't you spread them out more evenly so we can cover them? and he said, why don't you spread out the reporting more evenly? because we have to do it all at once. we have an opportunity now that we have the chance to read the cases for both the press and the professors to comment. i want to start off with a bankruptcy case, marshall. marshall is print -- pierce marshall, son of the old mr. marshall, who married vicky lynn marshall, also known as anna nicole smith. what i find is chief justice roberts starts off the case by referring to one case. i had written an article about this case. the chief had a chance to cite me but sadly he did not. the reason this is really a very poor civil liberties case is even it's a bankruptcy case it has to deal with jurisdiction. pierce sued vicky for defamation. anna nicole smith. anna nicole smith sued in probait court said you interfered because your late father who showered her with gifts in her lifetime was going to give me another gift and he di
tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 to the wealthy and big corporations, the so-called job creators, didn't create jobs in the private sector. indeed, only one million net new jobs were created between 2001 and 2009. all government jobs. the private sector reported minus 600,000 jobs. so much for giving tax breaks to the private job generators. some argue against all debt, but all debts aren't bad because all debts are not the same. a $50,000 gambling debt is bad because it has no return. the last decade shows that gambling on tax cuts for the rich to create jobs was bad. gambling on two wars and not paying for them was bad. gambling on a new prescription drug law that was unpaid for was horrible. and gambling on unregulated financial institutions that failed was bad. and they resulted in a housing market collapse, slow economic growth, high unemployment and huge deficits and debts, all bad. so i think we gambled enough on the theory that budget cuts and tax cuts generate private sector jobs and more taxes. the l-a-f-f-e-r is truly a laffer. republicans are right, we do have speaning prob
pollution controls and public health protections in order to bigger profits to big oil and other special interest polluters. by attaching more than three dozen policy riders to h.r. 2584, the house g.o.p. is attempting to use a spending bill to make back door changes to -- of 40 years of important federal laws. h.r. 2584 makes drastic spending cuts to the environmental protection agency , as you just heard, and the department of interior and has an assault on america's air, water, land, wildlife and public health and severely undermines the environmental integrity of the clean air act and the clean water act. in doing so, this legislation cripples the budget of key federal agencies charged with protecting american citizens and natural resources. the bill is layden contradictions and regressive reforms. it slashes funding to the environmental protection agency by $1.8 billion, yet restores $55 million in oil and gas subsidies. it dramatically cuts the fish and wildlife fund by 30%, zeros out funding to list new endangered species. it reduces the national oceanic and atmospheric administra
are so proud to have her as the chairwoman of the dnc. debbie wasserman schultz. please give her a big round of applause. [applause] i see a lot of new faces out here and i see a few faces i have known for a long time. some of you here in new me before i had gray hair. [laughter] >> you looked good though. [laughter] >> thank you. malia and sasha say it makes me look distinguished. michelle says it just makes me look old. she loves it, she just says it makes me look old. [laughter] being here with all of you i cannot help but think back to the election to one-half years ago and that night in grant park. it was the culmination of an extraordinary campaign that drew on the hard work of people all across america. men and women and some children. i did well with the eight and under demographic. men and women who believed the change was possible. they believe we did not have to accept politics as usual. they believed we could have a country that lived up to its finest aspirations. was a beautiful night. everybody was feeling pretty good. what i said that night, i said this is not to the end
in a very big way. three years ago "time" magazine called ethanol another energy biofuel the clean energy scam. yet, three years later we are dumping more money than ever into the program. it is time to admit that the ethanol program has been a failure. a study mentioned in the recent column in "the washington times" said that our ethanol policies not change would cost american consumers more than $500 billion in the 10 years from 2008 to 2017. according to "time" magazine, the biofuel boom is doing the exact opposite of what it was intended to do. the article calls corn ethanol environmentally disastrous. we went heavily into ethanol because it was supposed to be good for the environment. the very powerful environmental lobby pushed hard on this. now, we have found that it has done more harm than good. even to the environment. this just goes to show that when someone says something is good for the environment it is usually because they are going to make money off of it or going to increase contributions to their organization. i have an even the greater concern that hits home with every a
'll be a gradual drawdown throughout the time. i think the next one, big group, will occur still in the summer and then the rest inform fall. >> and it -- >> courtney. >> hi, general rod reges, on the same line of questioning, the other combat unit that's going to come back who is that? is it brigade size? and do you anticipate that the drawdown of the 10,000 this year will be more troops that are coming back and not being replaced but they're still coming back at their normal end of the employment, versus being brought back early? >> the majority of them will come back and not be a redeployment coming behind them. that's how we'll try to do it. but there will be some that their tour will be curtailed a little bit. the final stable thoofs drawdown will be determined at a later date. >> who is the combat unit that you mentioned that you know of that's going to come back and not be replaced? >> two units, one here in kabul, it's the second of the 134th, and further, a little down in -- later in the summer, at the end of the summer, the 34 marines will come out and not be replaced and there's ano
of dollars in subsidy. we can't even do this. where do we start? they say a big journey starts with a single step. we are not willing to take even in this small area the most modest of steps. hagerstown, maryland, north of here, 78 miles from the airport. getting a subsidy of over $800 per flight. it's right here baltimore as well. montana, 60 miles from another essential airport in montana, just 60 miles you could drive over to sydney, no, they are asking for $1,300, subsidy per passenger flying from glendive under this program. new mexico, 89 miles from a hub airport in el paso. if this continues, getting a $1,563 subsidy instead of driving 89 miles. you can rent a car. this is becoming -- this is a profligate hard to defend use of the taxpayers' money. yet people are talking about turning -- closing the government down or the f.a.a. down unless they can spend, $1,500 to subsidize a flight when you can drive 89 miles to another airport. this is what we are talking about. this is why my constituents and many others are wondering when we are going to get serious out here about taking the mod
. the caller's point about big business, which over -- overwhelmingly supported obama in the last election, there was a letter in "the new york times" this morning from business interests, a broad variety, many center-right conservative business interests, beseeching every member of congress, what ever you do, raise the debt ceiling. business is in favor of raising the debt ceiling. the only people that i know that are not in favor of raising the debt ceiling are serious principle conservatives. i am not saying they are right, but as a factual matter all the people who actually control the country are agreed on that one question, we must raise the debt ceiling. host: we are coming to you from the arlington campus. students from 35 different states. high school seniors. studying the media. please go ahead. >> what do you believe will happen when it comes to the debt ceiling debate them of what influence will lead abdon world economic powers? guest: i have a singularly bad track record of predicting events before they happen. i thought hillary clinton would be the democratic nominee, etc., e
the national debt or we can allow big spenders to lead us further down the road of chronic deficits and leave our children and grandchildren saddled with debt that is not our own. the choice is ours. the stakes are high. failure is not an option. the speaker pro tempore: the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from wisconsin, ms. moore. for five minutes. ms. moore: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to be able to add extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. moore: mr. speaker, i had breakfast this morning. i had granola and yogurt, a little fruit, egg and bacon sandwich, and i'm feeling irritable because i didn't have my coffee. and i'm looking forward to a delicious lunch that i planned at about noontime. but in the meantime, on the horn of africa, 11 million people are facing starvation and not because they're lazy people or unworthy people but because they're suffering from the biggest drought that they have seen in 60 years, because they're experiencing flooding, because there are people who stepped away from the loving care that we us
increase that has created a job. it's an absurdity. the white house seems like they're chasing the big fish. we need the level of commitment that the president is demonstrating on tax increases to be used on deficit reduction and getting this economy back and under control. the question that has to be asked and has to be answered is when will this white house recognize that it is their very policies that are creating the obstacle of job creation? >> can you pass a deal as it requires to major entitlement reform? just a few weeks ahead of this deadline? >> everything is on the table, except raising taxes on the american people. >> speaker, are you closer to a deal now than you were two weeks ago? do you think it's going to have to come down to a meeting -- >> the conversations have gone on for weeks. both with the biden group and between the president and myself. but there is no agreement. >> is comprehensive tax reform possible -- >> we believe it would make america more competitive, help create jobs in our country, and it's something that is under discussion. >> [inaudible] >> we are not i
's livelihoods be protected. we must rebuild and we must restore these levees before the next big flood comes again. so we can protect our wonderful food source in the united states. and so, madam chairman, i thank you for the time and i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california rise? >> i move to strike the last word. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. richardson: i rise in opposition to this bill which includes an amendment which would rescind the high-speed rail funding originally improved in the american recovery and reinvestment act. in listening to my colleague who just spoke, i don't think anyone here on this floor disagrees that we support the farmers. we support the people who have been impacted by flooding. but the question is, is whether this particular funds are the appropriate funds that should be dedicated to address that particular issue. i would venture to say that while i believe it's important that the army corps of engineers has access to funding necessary to prepare for future disaster
retired person knows inflation is the big gorilla in the closet for us. so that denied me the ability to do what i could have done and what my sister could do is to build up that asset until she was 70 1/2. >> i think as you have testified just to complete your story, the practical consequences extended to the family medical leave act, survivors benefits, very practical, sizeable consequences to you because of doma which wouldn't have otherwise existed even though under connecticut law you were lawfully married? >> that's right. >> thank you, mr. chairman. >> is there anyone i can yield to? [laughter] thank you very much, mr. chair, and thanks to the witnesses who are here today. there are events in the life of a senator that are memorable and one of those that comes to my mind was attending the bill signing ceremony where president obama signed the law which repealed don't-ask, don't-tell. it was a day of great celebration and relief. the rabbi who gave the invocation that day, i remember his words, said, "when you look into the eyes of another person, if you don't see the face of go
's right to exist, renouncing terrorism and abide big previous agreements. and just as the u.s. should not support a palestinian government whose very composition is anathema to peace, so too it should not support an easyall terntive to negotiations. that's why i introduced a resolution to cut all funding to the u.n. general assembly should it vote to recognize a palestinian state in direct contravention of the charter. true peace will only be made between two peoples, israelis and palestinians, not the 191 orr members of the yen assembly. israel, like the united states, welcomes those who would make peace even as it fights those who would make war. time and again, israel demonstrated its commitment to a palestinian tate living as its neighbor in peace and security. but there are no short cuts on the path to this outcome and there's no getting around the hard con segs that have to be made. the u.s. must now stand with israel and against those who would obstruction rather than advance the cause of peace. i urge me adoption of this resolution and i yield back the balance of my time. the
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